Planning, creating, writing, reading, spelling, mapping, comparing, matching, weighing, counting, adding, exploring and problem solving is what I saw today - all going on in the local shop.
This morning at the local supermarket a ‘prep child’ with his mother were interacting, communicating, prompting, sharing the experience together of shopping for the week ahead for lunch, breakfast and dinner. They were having fun chatting, encouraging one another, taking ownership of each role in the shopping expedition. The tool was a shopping list and one they had obviously created together.
They were not the only ones in this interactive process in the supermarket. There was also a father and son doing almost the exact thing. The young boy ticked off items that had been written down and I observed him helping dad to pack the items into groups, so he was asked to put together all the ‘cold items’. In real life situations, we continue to develop these concepts – the ‘hands on’ experience and having the environment to learn within.
Parents are teachers too. This weekend, more than the ‘sight words’ for the week were being learnt. Well done to those parents who encouraged the learning, invited the child to be part of the shopping experience and share quality time together. Of course, learning doesn’t just happen in a classroom in a school environment. Every day, every minute learning happens. Embrace the opportunities you have with your children for you to be another teacher in their life.
Pictures below are of two handwritten shopping lists and a picture with the writing 'When it comes to education, there's no school like home!"
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Kerri Weaver is a service provider for children with disabilities.